14 Nov 2005, Comments (0)

So who’s going then?

Author: Helen

After the last National Day of Action, for which I and the rest of the ten or so who make up the unionised part of our workplace marched down to the CBD for fully two hours, I got an email from the Medium-big-boss. Not a sacking kind of email. No, more of a more-sorrow-than-anger kind of email. I am really disappointed in you.
Yeah, that’s how it’s done around here. We’re a nice workplace. The MBB will occasionally take us to lunch if we do good, or the Big Boss will do a barbeque. And they react to union bargaining like disappointed parents discovering the kids have taken to smoking crack. They don’t like EBA’s, either.

This week, the emails started again.

Any employee attending the day of protest will face dismissal, unless they advise management beforehand…

Oh aye, that makes me feel relaxed and comfortable, all right.

So what did I do? Did I stand up, march into the BB’s office and yell, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more. And I’m going on the **@#$ day of action! For all the good it’s going to do.”

No, I did what any spirited, red-blooded, socialistic mum with a mortgage would have done. I wimped it. When I heard most of the boy’s teachers were on strike and we would have to keep them home on the NDA, I applied in indecent haste for a day’s annual leave on the understanding that it was to look after the innocent child who would otherwise be wandering the streets.

And if I happened to take him into town for an educational visit – the Immigration Museum, say– forgetting completely the NDA was on, and happened to bump into the CPSU…

We get to keep our jobs, for now. Most of us are lucky enough to be “knowledge workers”. But we shouldn’t get too complacent. Our leave was approved (after a long and meaningful pause), but names have been taken.

See you in the CBD.

(Image from here.)

Comments (0)

  • gringo says:

    It is a tough one — I am was a bit more cavalier in my approach, but then I have no dependents, and want to leave my job, anyway. The surprising thing is, I work for a (federal government) organisation that has in the past been heavily involved in the debate surrounding implementation of economically rationlist policy, although we are far too gutless to engage publicly in anything heavier than competition policy, and this has not been discussed at work at all. No emails, no nothing. I told my boss a couple of weeks ago when I was getting fired up about the IR changes that I was going and he shrugged his shoulders — he knows where I stand and sort of supports me but, again, is just too gutless to do anything about it himself. He won’t be there this morning.

    Will be looking out for you — in a virtual sort of way — though I suspect everyone will be hiding under umbrellas.

  • Sedgwick says:

    Me, well our answer is to bugger off to Tasmania to dip a toe in the water. Jeez, what’s not to like about the land of the long white, read-headed Paul Lennon-McCartney-Lenin-McCart-b4-da-horse, socialist comrade beyond reproach?

    To get a closer look at the aforementiond honorable Member for Betfair we shall be taking up a relaxed and comfortable position in the “Lee Harvey Oswald Mosley Memorial Hobart Book Depository”.

  • R.H. says:

    I like your comment gringo. Good luck.

  • weezil says:

    So, 95% of the Australian workforce agrees with Howard’s IR deforms? Clearly, none were threatened or coerced to not attend the rallies.


  • Helen says:

    You’re referring to that Hendy f***head, Weezil? What a patronising twat. After such a record turnout, despite many people being intimidated with talk of fines and jail, that is just clutching at the proverbial straws- straws covered with horse merde.

    Again I say, twat.

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